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Kadaga calls for reform of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

  • Kadaga calls for reform of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
    Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has supported proposed reforms to the
    Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, a constituent organization of the
    Commonwealth.
    At the Association’s Executive Committee meeting in Mauritius, where
    Kadaga is representing Uganda, the Speaker said the reforms are long
    overdue and should be urgently implemented.
    “At the moment, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is a charity of
    the United Kingdom and in case of dissolution, the proceeds which are
    contributed by member countries would go to charities in the United
    Kingdom,” said Kadaga.
    Kadaga said representatives agreed to present the position to their heads of
    state to process decision making on the matter during the Commonwealth
    Heads of Government Meeting in April 2018.
    “We really want to change the status so that it is more aligned to the
    interests of the contributing countries. So we have agreed that the issue of
    the status will be considered and a decision taken,” she said.
    Kadaga is representing Uganda in Mauritius, at the CPA’s executive
    committee meeting which, among others, is reviewing the commonwealth
    values and strengthening collaboration between Parliaments.
    The CPA is a constituent organization of the Commonwealth, bringing
    together all Parliaments of 52 member countries.
    The executive committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is
    the implementing arm of the Association, which is tasked with following up
    on decisions taken by the association.
    The meeting is hosted by Mauritius Parliament Speaker Santi Bai
    Hanoomanjee.
    Kadaga said the meeting also resolved to extend internship opportunities at
    the prestigious CPA Secretariat to re3ect the diversity of all the 4ve regions
    represented in the Association.
    “We discussed the need for inclusion on the internship of CPA and we have
    resolved that they should come from all the 4ve countries of the
  • commonwealth because there is a tendency of having them locally drawn
    from the United Kingdom,” said Kadaga.
    The Speaker assured the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association of
    Uganda’s readiness to host the youth forum in April.
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